How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies With Household Items


I don't know about you, but this time of year the fruit flies are out in full force at our house. To me they are one of the most annoying bugs, and they seem to multiply like bunnies! Apparently female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time and their life spans are 40-50 days, during which time they can lay several 500-egg batches. No wonder they are so hard to get rid of!
But there is hope to control them!!
Try to prevent them from coming in the first place and/or eff up their homes once they arrive using these simple tips for getting rid of fruit flies:
1. Keep your sink clean. Fruit flies like to procreate in drains, so make sure to keep all food out of your sink and drains.
2. Rinse out your recyclables before throwing them away and take our your trash often. It also helps to have a trashcan with a lid and keep it closed at all times.
3. Periodically pour boiling water down the drain. You can easily kill budding fruit flies by clearing out the drains with boiling water.
4. Set homemade traps. We have tried all different kinds of traps, but we have found the wine and saran wrap option to be the most successful. Just pour a little bit of wine into a glass, cover tightly with saran wrap, then use a toothpick to poke a few holes in it. Apparently the flies can get in through the holes, but then can't figure out how to get out. I put one near our sink and one near our trashcan and they really work!!

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  • Bee2683708
    on Nov 11, 2016

    how to get rid of fruit flies

    • Jen11578479
      on Nov 11, 2016

      we just use apple cider vinegar in a container, a drop or two of dish soap and some water. They're drawn to the vinegar and the soap does something to the surface of the water so they can't escape. Apparently regular vinegar works just as well but we've always just bought the cheap apple cider vinegar. Hope this helps!

    • Bev13687461
      on Nov 11, 2016

      Great idea Jenim1874....I like to use red wine vinegar straight with few drops of dish soap, works very well too. Then strech a piece saran wrap over it poke a couple dozen holes using a toothpick. The holes will close so just repoke.

    • Donna Edwards Webb
      on Feb 12, 2017

      So adding soap does the trick with vinegar. But with wine they are just too drunk to find their way out. Much kinder if you ask me.

    • San7875961
      on Feb 12, 2017

      The vinegar and soap didn't work for me. I'll try plastic wrap and wine

    • Barbars
      on Apr 9, 2017

      i have always used a little soap in a dish of water, I placed it under a night light. Worked very well.
  • Karen
    on Apr 9, 2017

    how long will one of these cups last? should I be changing daily?
    • Susan
      on Apr 10, 2017

      you should change it when it gets full of bugs! and this should probably have gone in the "question" section

  • Julia
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Do you put the plastic wrap over the container when using acv & soap as well?
    • Etd1960
      on Apr 14, 2017

      Yes. I use acv and cover and poke. Fruit flies go in but they don't come out!
  • Joanne
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Could you use any fruit juice instead of wine?
    • Bobbi
      on Apr 9, 2017

      I have used orange juice and apple juice. They both work great.
    • Kathy Beachy
      on Apr 9, 2017

      Also apple cider vinegar works very well.
    • Pam
      on Oct 29, 2017

      Nothing gets rid of the last few except 1 thing. They will not die in any liquid unless I'm drinking it even water and coffee.
    • Dianna Locke
      on Aug 31, 2019

      i use vinegar, sugar, drop of dawn dish soap, cover plastic wrap poke holes. also fly paper ribbon walla keeps them down. also turn off all lights, leave one on where fly paper is. will catch more flies

  • Carol
    on May 15, 2017

    Now...... I wonder how we can get rid of those flour bugs that fly around and lay eggs in our rice, quinua, flour, and dried beans!
    • Diane
      on May 15, 2017

      Keep these items in your freezer. The eggs are microscopic and already in the products, but if kept in the freezer, they never develop.
    • Bernie Zaboski
      on May 15, 2017

      Get flying insect traps from Home Depot, they really work
    • Susie
      on May 15, 2017

      Bay leaves tucked into the container will keep the weevils away
    • Catherine Pietsch
      on May 15, 2017

      absolutely YES to the Bay Leaf trick!!! Our family has been doing that for decades. It has never failed us.
    • J.p8665325
      on May 17, 2017

      You can also line your shelves with the Bay leaves keeps them from migrating to other products.
    • Dale Toth
      on May 19, 2017

      I have used bay leaves in my flour as long as I can remember and only had a problem once. It was bird seed that brought the moths in. They were a pain to get rid of but never bothered my flour.
    • Mcn17474363
      on Sep 22, 2018

      apparently bay lleaves hung in pantry etc does really work. bugs hate the bay leaves. mmmmnn maybe should try on my pesky fruit flies too

    • Doris Trice
      on Aug 18, 2019

      airtight containers

  • Cindi
    on Apr 21, 2019

    Would cranberry apple juice work? Or does it have to be wine?

    • Cindi
      on Apr 21, 2019

      Sorry, someone already asked this question LOL

    • Brandon Sargent
      on Jul 9, 2020

      You could try it. Cider vinegar works well. It's more the pungent smell than any type of specific color if that's where your mind was headed with the cranberry juice instead of wine.

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  • Melony Lewis
    on Nov 13, 2019

    I mix couple drops of blue dawn and apple cider vinegar together in a small dish. I use a shot glass and set behind my sink for fruit flies. You definitely have to change it often because they don't make it far once having a drink

  • Linda Dunigan
    on Jul 17, 2020

    Thanks for everyone’s ideas.

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